Gender: Male Meaning of Dakota: "friendly one" Origin of Dakota: Place-name; Sioux Dakota's Popularity in 2018: #349

Dakota Origin and Meaning

The name Dakota is a boy's name of Native American origin meaning "friendly one".

An early and still one of the most popular unisex names, also a place name and name of a Native American people in the northern Mississippi valley. While the popularity of Dakota is trending downward for both genders, it's one of those names that is used for nearly equal numbers of boys and girls.

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Rank in US: #349

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Pop Culture References for the name Dakota

Dakoda, Dekohta, Dakodah, Dekowta, Dakoeta, Dekota, Daccota, Dakotah


indiefendi2 Says:


Why are they common for many cultures? Because of cultural appropriation (which believe or not, isn't always a negative thing--that's MISappropriation). They're common for "many cultures" because of the dissemination of Christianity throughout the past several centuries, by force most of the time. The common denominator is *colonialism*. The most popular baby names in Israel right now include David, Mohammed, Sarah, Leah, Adele, Ella, Abigail, Adam, and Esther, now doesn't that sound like a typical "American" classroom or office? No one is naming their child Dakota or Cheyenne to be disrespectful to Native Americans. How is it different from people naming their child things like Roman or Frank / Francis (which means Frenchman)?

FractalShadow Says:



FractalShadow Says:


The difference is Cheyenne, Lakota, Sioux, etcetera are names of still-extant tribes that survived genocide. Furthermore, the names you listed are common for many cultures; they are not tied to one specific culture. Obviously people can name their children whatever they want, but it is important to be aware of the wider context.

actingfun Says:


This is my dog's name (he's from North Dakota), but for some reason, I can still picture this on a person really easily. It reminds me of snow, and I picture a boy with pale skin and black hair.

caetano Says:


One of my all time favorite boy names.

Marcella Weiß Says:


I prefer this name on males for sure.

Sel Says:


You didn't hurt my feelings, I was just curious. I've been done with this conversation.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Okay, I'm sorry! Please can we just leave it that? I never intended to personally hurt you or anyone.

Sel Says:


I made a similar comment about Scottish names being used or even other people aside from Pagans celebrating Pagan holidays -- people tend to forget these things.

Sel Says:


The reason I mentioned it, is because I saw her comment on the name and it seemed like she was being sarcastic about it being rude to use, which is WHY I made the comment. I never asked you to be my educator, It was a comment I made for the reason I stated before. Technically it's not any different -- it's a personal belief. If we were going to get extremely pick about that, then I could go around telling people not to use Scottish names because they offend me OR that people can't celebrate Halloween, Christmas, or Easter because they were all Pagan holiday's first, which is the very definition of cultural appropriation, but I don't.

Sel Says:


That's not my place to judge, which is why a lot of fights happen. I honestly thought you were being sarcastic, which I the ONLY reason why i made a comment here.

Sel Says:


You do realize I can read that right? and I brought it up because it seemed like you were okay with one and not the other, THAT'S why I mentioned it.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I didn't want to talk about it anyway! It had nothing to do with my comment and the other person just RANDOMLY brings it up. I just want to be done here.

indiefendi2 Says:


Then the same can be said for Elizabeth, Mary, Adam, Joseph, Rachel, Jacob, Deborah, Ethan, Noah, should I keep going? 😒

Those names are Hebrew, so is it wrong that the majority of the English-speaking world has "taken" those names as their own? really 😑

alexandramae Says:


You have nothing to apologize for in re: Dakota. Not touching Messiah. That's a discussion for a different page.

alexandramae Says:


Messiah is different. Please, we're not your educators. You have Google at your disposal. (I am in favor of people being able to use Messiah, fyi. It's different than using names such as Dakota, Cohen, etc)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


But what if you had to call someone a name you didn't feel comfortable saying? True, it is personal preference. I never meant to put people down and I'm so sorry if I came across as rude.

Sel Says:


Well that's your personal preference, no one asked you to give your child that name -- but that doesn't mean you can put down people who have used that name, because not everyone is Christian/Catholic, etc. I myself and more superstitious than religious.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I wasn't mocking anyone. Sorry if I looked that way. I was giving my real opinion. And I am religious. Which is why I don't like it.

Sel Says:


it's a name, not the end of the world!

Sel Says:


then why were you mocking the people who were saying messiah was a bad name for a child? (for religious reasons) i mean you can't have it both ways.

alexandramae Says:


People use Sioux because it's edgy looking and different. Sues change their name to Sioux for the same reason. Tribe names and languages are not and should not be names. Just another thing taken from oppressed people and made cute. Indigenous people were/are murdered for the fact that they're Indigenous and people are using this crap as names.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Never heard of Sioux as a name. For real? Why not Sue, which is actually a name. In general, Tribes, races and nationalities should not be names for your kid.

alexandramae Says:


These names (Cheyenne, Lakota, Sioux, etc.) are appropriation and racist.

lesliemarion Says:


The teachers I know dread the Cheyennes and Dakotas. Not b/c they are Native American names, but because of past kids with the names.

Dakota Says:


Funny thing is that's my name... the only difference between myself and the man you describe is that I have blonde hair.....

jan11th Says:


Love this for a boy ! Im not a fan of it on a girl. I imagine a tall lanky guy with long black curly hair with dimples named Dakota !